By Thomas Madison
Rick Perry was the first candidate to stand up to Donald Trump early in the GOP primary season, criticizing and insulting him, calling him “disgraceful” for not acknowledging that John McCain is a war hero. The Donald remarked that McCain is not a hero, and I agree with that. Being captured does not make one a hero. Perry also referred to Trump as a “carnival act.” Trading insults, Trump called Perry a “hypocrite,” and ever the master of personal invective, said that Perry only wears glasses to “look” smart.
Rick Perry was the first candidate to take on Donald Trump, and he was the first candidate to be dispatched by Trump to the cold, dark world of political oblivion. There would be many others to bite the political dust at the hands of Donald Trump, but Rick Perry led the way.
Now Rick Perry sees a different Donald Trump, enthusiastically endorsing him for President of the United States and claiming that Trump “is one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen,” and acknowledging that he would consider being The Donald’s running mate (hint, hint).
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Washington – Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told CNN Thursday he will support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee and will do everything he can do to help him get elected.
Perry, speaking by phone from his hometown of Roundtop, Texas, acknowledged Trump is not his ideal choice. When Perry was a candidate for president earlier in the 2016 cycle, he was the first to come out and criticize Trump and question his conservative credentials.
“He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them,” Perry said.
Perry, who has been urged to run as a third party candidate, dismissed that notion as “quixotic.”
“I believe in the process, and the process has said Donald Trump will be our nominee and I’m going to support him and help him and do what I can,” Perry said.
“He is one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen,” he added.
Perry said he would consider being Trump’s running mate.
“I am going to be open to any way I can help. I am not going to say no,” Perry said.